Name Amaya Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Amaya


Amaya is a ♀ girl’s name.

What is the origin of the name Amaya?

Amaya is a variant of the Basque name Amaia. Amaya is also a Spanish name, that derived from the name of the village of Amaya in north-western Spain. Besides, Amaya is a name of Japanese and Arabic origin.

What does the name Amaya mean?

Amaya means “the end” or “the beginning of the end” in Basque. Figuratively, the name is also given the meaning of “happy ending” or “long desired daughter” and “beloved daughter”. In Spanish, Amaya means “mother city”. Besides, Amaya means “night rain” or “rainy night” (from Japanese “ame/雨” = rain + “yo/夜” = night) and “tender” or “soft” in Arabic.

Amaya as a name for your daughter

Amaya is a rare name that will make your daughter special. Amaya adds a subtle twist to the popular first name Maya. In addition to Amaya, the spellings Amaia, Amaïa and Amaja also exist. If you want to, Maya, Amy or Ams can be used as nicknames. Another plus is that the name Amaya exists in many languages and thus has many different beautiful meanings. As a middle name, another harmonious name with “a” at the end can be used, for example Amaya Katalina, Amaya Josepha, Amaya Selena, Amaya Cassandra or Amaya Estella.

Amaya in film and television

  • Amaya Josephine Hermann (born 2011) is the adoptive daughter of Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann. Peter is a New York born actor, whose acting debut was in the telenovela “Springfield Story” from 1997 to 1998, where he played the role of Dr. Michael Burke. He and his wife Mariska have one biological child and two adopted ones, one of which is little Amaya. Mariska can be seen as an actress in the series “Law & Order: Organized Crime” since 2021. In 2004, she founded the “Joyful Heart Foundation” as a charity for survivors of sexual abuse.
  • An actor who bears the name Amaya as a last name is Rafael Amaya (born 1977). Born in Mexico, Rafael can be seen exclusively in Spanish-language productions, e.g. in the 2021 series “Malverde: El Santo Patrón” in the role of Teodoro Valenzuela. As a young man, he also tried his hand at a music career, although it was not pursued further.

Pronunciation of Amaya

Variants of the name Amaya

Amaia Amaja Amaïa

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Popularity of the name Amaya

The name Amaya is ranked #2214 overall.

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